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Facebook: Let’s face it

Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH | 8/31/2017, 11:36 a.m.
It is interesting how a simple concept such as Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, became an international frenzy on the ...
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It is interesting how a simple concept such as Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, became an international frenzy on the internet. Oftentimes, however, what seems beneficial to the human mind may also have a negative impact. The Facebook user may see faces that they loved or hated, which could cause negative vibrations and abnormal psychological behavior. I am sure that there will be a great need for psychologists and psychiatrists to treat many of those who view Facebook as part of their regular social-media diet. Just consider how faces can often energize affection or stir up bad thoughts. Have you noticed how some folks want to hug you even on a first meeting, or some shy away from you, possibly due to your face? Consider the following quotes from many well-known persons concerning the face.

“A beautiful face is a silent commendation.”—Francis Bacon

“I more and more see this, that we judge men’s abilities less from what they say or do, than what they look. ‘ Tis the man’s face that gives him weight. His doings help, but not more than his brow.”—Charles Buxton

“He had a face like a benediction.”—Miguel DeCervantes Saavedra

“If we could but read it, every human being carries his life in his face, and is good-looking or the reverse, as that life has been good or evil. On our features the fine chisels of thought and emotion are eternally at work.”—Alexander Smith

“Truth makes the face of that person shine who speaks and owns it.” —Robert South

“A cheerful, easy, open countenance will make fools think you a good-natured man, and make designing men think you an undesigning one,” and “Look in the face of the person to whom you are speaking if you wish to know his real sentiments, for he can command his words more easily than his countenance.”—Philip Dormer Stanhope

“We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins, at once, to refine a man’s features; any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Trust not too much to an enchanting face.”—Virgil

“He had the sort of face that, once seen, is never remembered.”—Oscar Wilde

“A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance.”—John Collier

“You are only what you are when no one is looking.”—Robert Chambers Edwards

“Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.”—Jean de La Fontaine

I recommend that you read a wonderful book by Naomi R. Tickle, “You Can Read a Face Like a Book: How Reading Faces Helps You Succeed in Business and Relationships.” In this volume the author relates how the study of the face is about 2,700 years old. The Chinese were the first to use face readings for diagnosing medical conditions. One of Tickle’s observations on full lips is that they denote the ability to love talking with a generous nature. A square chin reveals a person who is good at debating. This science is known as physiognomy. Tickle also explains that the structural indicators of the face were used for determining personality types and for predicting when a person would reach their greatest potential.